1 centre, heart, middle, nucleus, inside(s):
Remove the core of the apple first.
2 essence, marrow, heart, pith, gist, quintessence, sum and substance:
The core of the problem is her refusal to consider any alternative.
3 pit, seed:
The pie might have tasted better if you'd cored the apples first.
Each fibre has a hollow core trapping still air and aiding warmth. (figurative) There was a hollow core of sadness inside me.
| solid | copper, iron, etc. | reactor
nuclear reactor cores
| central, essential, inner, innermost, very
This is seen as the central core of the government's policy. A new spirit welled up from the very core of the nation.
a common core of shared understanding about law and government
A hard core of supporters, mostly teenage girls, gathered at the airport to see the star arrive.
the emotional core of her music
VERB + CORE
form, make up
These ideas formed the core of his philosophy.
| get to
We want to get to the core of the problem.
CORE + NOUN
activity, area, course, curriculum, discipline, module, programme, skill, subject
the core area of management studies Students study five core subjects.
| component, element, group | business, service
We need to stop this expansion and concentrate on the core business.
| belief, value | vocabulary
at sth's ~
At the core of our convictions is belief in individual liberty.
| to the ~
She was shaken to the core by the news. He's a politician to the core (= in all his attitudes, beliefs and actions).
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